March 4, 2010. ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company, celebrated their one year anniversary for providing quality implementation and support services for open source ILS’s such as Koha and Evergreen.
Since its forming in 2009, ByWater Solutions’ management team has tripled in size, and includes Nicole C. Engard, Koha Documentation Manager and author of the popular blog, What I Learned Today, and Ian Walls, Vice President of the Koha users group KUDOS.
In addition to ByWater’s internal growth, the company now supports well over 40 libraries, including the Nelsonville Public Library of Athens, OH; the first to adopt Koha in the U.S. ByWater Solutions services libraries of all types, from public to corporate, and all sizes, from small town to consortiums. They have received an amazing response to the higher levels of service they strive to provide.
Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater, comments on their first year in business: "I could not be happier with the direction our company is headed. We are grateful for the interest we have received from libraries, and are focusing on growing in a way that is commensurate with our ability to provide the personalized service and support our customers have come to expect from us. We have the right team on board to provide the best possible solution for libraries seeking an open source alternative for their ILS."
About ByWater Solutions
With over 10 years of experience, ByWater Solutions offers customized hosting, data migration, configuration, installation, training, support options and development of enterprise class open-source library systems. Offering a 24/7 technical helpline, ByWater Solutions’ clients have the support system they need to make their software work for them. ByWater Solutions pledges to share 100% of all developed code to the Koha community for the strengthening and advancement of the Koha ILS. For more information about ByWater Solutions, please visit: www.bywatersolutions.com
Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha's impressive feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. It includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more.
Evergreen is powerful, highly scalable open-source library software. While Evergreen is best known for its unique ability to meet the needs of very large, high-transaction, multi-site consortia, Evergreen also elegantly scales down to the smallest library sites.
Since its debut in September 2006 as the software powering the 270-plus libraries of the Georgia PINES consortium, Evergreen has earned acclaim and praise from users worldwide, including a Technology Collaboration Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Evergreen now supports hundreds of libraries of every type—public, academic, special, and school media—in 12 states and 2 countries.
For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see http://evergreen-ils.org.